God's Word is forever linked, creating a tapestry.
For centuries, the separation of the Tenach from the Brith Hadoshah (New Testament Writings) has disrupted the continuity of Adonai's revelation given to Israel for the world. A simple page, created by "man" has done what Messiah Yeshua came to correct. That page in most Bibles simply states:
This one page has done significant damage.
The New Covenant promised by Adonai in Jeremiah 31:31 - 34 was made with the house of Judah and the house of Israel...not the "church". This section of JHR's web site will offer an extensive cross reference of scripture found in the Brith Hadoshah and provide the source of its original reference found in the Tenach. In addition to direct quotes, we will also include references.
There are in combination (direct quotes and references) over 1,300 instances whereby the Brith Hadoshah quotes / references the Tenach. It is important to be aware of the continuity of this revelation Adonai has given through Israel.
Within Jewish thought, it is understood that when a specific verse has been quoted, that it doesn't only represent what was quoted, but rather is to bring to mind the entire passage. Therefore when Yeshua, Sha'ul, Kefa or one of the other writers of the Messianic writings is quoting a verse from Tenach, consider the entire passage within its context. For instance, Psalm 110:1 is quoted several times. Rather than just reading that verse, go to Psalm 110 and read the entire passage. In the day's of Yeshua, this is how we were taught to relate to God's Word.
In Sha'ul's case, he is writing to many who are foreigners to the Tenach. In quoting the Tenach, he is making known to them the revelation of Adonai given to Israel. Non-Jewish believers were instructed to become familiar with Torah and learn:
"For from the earliest times, Moshe has had in every city those who proclaim him, with his words being read in the synagogues every Shabbat." Acts 15:21
We are providing a cross reference of Torah in a unique manner. Etz Chaim, means Tree of Life, for which we can identify Torah as Adonai's revelation that has brought forth life to His creation. Specifically, it is the way of life that He gave to Israel, as part of the covenants Adonai made. Torah is full of instructions (laws / mitzvots), but there is so much more. Torah comprises history for which begins with mankind and progresses into Adonai's relationship with Avraham, that through him will come the nation of Israel, and ultimately their impact on the rest of the nations, because Adonai proclaimed that through you (Avraham) all the nations of the earth will be blessed.
The ultimate blessing is that of Messiah, who proclaimed:
"Yeshua said to them, "This is what I meant when I was still with you and told you that everything written about me in the Torah of Moshe, the Prophets and the Psalms had to be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds, so that they could understand the Tanakh," Luke 24:44 - 45
We will present Torah in five different ways:
"An expert in Torah stood up to try and trap him by asking, "Rabbi, what should I do to obtain eternal life?" But Yeshua said to him, "What is written in the Torah? How do you read it?" He answered, "You are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your understanding; and your neighbor as yourself." "That's the right answer," Yeshua said. "Do this, and you will have life." Luke 10:25 - 28
In addition to the different categories, we are offering a color coded presentation of the 613 instructions found in Torah, dividing them into the following:
The challenge for believers in Messiah today is knowing what applies. There are many teachings that state Torah is no longer relevant, it has been done away with. Not all of Torah applies to everyone. There are sections specific to the priests and the Temple, which do not apply to everyone. There are seven instructions meant specificially for the King of Israel. So, the challenge is knowing what applies and what doesn't.
When Messiah said:
"Come to me, all of you who are struggling and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28 - 30
He is not referring to a different way, but rather Torah in its proper context. Over the centuries, instructions and boundaries were added with the intention of better understanding Torah and therefore being able to follow the instructions. Unfortunately what happened was that these additions became more of a yoke that restricted the true intention of Torah and ultimately led to an impossible goal of living according to Torah in the manner that Adonai had intended.
As believers and followers we should be living according to Yeshua's example and instruction:
"Don't think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah \emdash not until everything that must happen has happened. So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness is far greater than that of the Torah-teachers and P'rushim, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven!" Matthew 5:17 - 20
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